Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning

Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult learning (CASAL) Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling

Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program through Cleveland State University. Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Counseling is a growing specialization that focuses on newborn to six-year-old children, their families, and others dealing directly with this age group. This certificate is an excellent step towards obtaining your Ohio ECMH Professional Credential. This program is offered to students interested in learning effective ways to support healthy growth and development in children and learn collaboration skills for working with other professionals and caregivers. 

This 16-credit certificate program has two tracks, ECMH Counseling and ECMH Consultation.

1. EMCH Counselors deliver direct service utilizing therapeutic interventions. This track is open to current students in counseling, social work, and counseling or school psychology programs as well as those with a license for mental health practice in Ohio. 

2. ECMH Consultants do not directly deliver interventions but collaborate or supervise those who do. This track is open to students in education, public health, and behavioral science programs as well as those with degrees in these areas.

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Admission Requirements

Minimum G.P.A: 2.75

GRE Requirement: Not Required.

Core courses can be taken by any degree seeking student in a behavioral science program.  They can also be taken by non-degree seeking graduate students.  All students holding a master's in counseling or social work are eligible for the certificate program.

Admission Term:  Core courses can be taken by any degree seeking student in a behavioral science program, or they can be taken as a non-degree seeking student.  All students in the counseling or social work program can take courses as electives.  Therefore, no admission term is required.

Application Deadline:  No deadline.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Certification Requirements:  Certificates are processed once the Program of Study Form is completed by the student with a Faculty Advisor.

Click the link to learn more about how to obtain your Ohio ECMH Professional Credential- this will be reviewed with students beginning the certificate program with program coordinator

Downloadable Forms 

Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health - Program of Study

Graduate Certificate Completion Form College of Graduate Studies

Additional Websites


Ohio Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies